Gap Analysis

As utility companies continue to evolve and grow, so does the industry we operate in. In order to improve your utility vegetation management (UVM) program, utilities need to be proactively examining treatment efforts, cost savings, environmental stewardship efforts, as well as stakeholder relations and sustainable management. CNUC can help achieve and maintain this oversight with a comprehensive gap analysis program, specifically in the area of the Right of Way (ROW) Stewardship Council’s Stewardship Accreditation Program. This gap analysis will give utilities the opportunity to show their commitment as environmental stewards and provide recognition for their integrated vegetation management (IVM) programs.

This accreditation program aims to positively impact utility companies and the UVM industry as a whole, along with the communities, stakeholders and agencies the industry serves.

The ROW Stewardship Accreditation Program has a set of 10 principles and 30 criteria points, as well as performance indicators and required verifiers within these principles that lead to accreditation.

The accreditation program’s core principles emphasize proactive management and biological control methods that reduce undesirable vegetation, which lead to a reduction in treatment efforts and cost savings. In addition, they institutionalize sustainable management by the promotion of documentation of key elements of vegetation management systems, a practice consistent with internationally recognized Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001).

The accreditation program results in positive relations with stakeholders by engaging them throughout the IVM process, which leads to a better understanding of impacts and increased confidence and trust by stakeholders.

It has been shown that companies that proactively use these principles on a voluntary basis are likely to be better prepared to address and meet any possible future regulations.